Manchin cited public outcry, as well as a letter he received from the West Virginia University women's soccer coach. That's why I'm introducing legislation that will require the U.S. Soccer Federation to pay the men's and women's national soccer teams equitably before any federal funds may be used for the 2026 World Cup. "They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly". The women's games have also garnered higher ratings and more revenue in recent years. "While @USWNT continues to dominate on the world stage & generate tremendous revenue for @ussoccer, the women make only a fraction of what the men's national team is paid".
Olivia Ciampi, 15, of Rockaway, Queens, who joined the throng with her mother, agreed equal pay for the team was long overdue.
"A woman player's base salary is approximately $30,000 less than her male counterpart's", the letter stated, "and when including bonuses, women's income is just 38 percent of men's income". That support includes money for host cities, participating state or local agencies, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
The festivities will honor the national team's remarkable run in France, where the US women went undefeated in the World Cup, turning away determined challenges from talented and physical squads such as France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. But no one, he said, has put it into better words than USA player Megan Rapinoe, one of the (controversial) stars of this year's tournament. "It's plain wrong, and it's time to #PayTheWomen".
When the women won their second-straight World Cup title and fourth overall, the crowd in France chanted "equal pay".